Who doesn't want to improve themselves? I'd love to be a little less snarky, eat a little healthier, and spend a little less money on clothes. However, I don't think that telling myself, "Starting Jan. 1, I am only going to eat vegetables and never enjoy cheesecake again," is really a sound way to get healthy and change my life. (Let's be honest, I'm NEVER giving up cheesecake. It's too tasty.) Maybe that works for some, but I certainly don't function that way.
This year, I'm going to work to be better for other people and here are my resolutions for doing so:
1) Be a better leader.
One of my biggest leadership roles is as the Online Media and Communications Coordinator at St. Michael's College. I run the SMC Blogs program with the marketing and admissions offices. At any given time, I have up to 30 bloggers to coordinate with. Lucky for me, they do a great job 99% of the time and are easy to organize. However, the nature of blogging is anti-social. I'd like to be better friends with the team by seeing more of them in person even if it just means more "hellos" as we all run back and forth across campus. It's tough because we are also so busy and fabulous, but in the new year, I'd like to be able to get to know each of them a little better.
2) Be a more supportive team mate.
|Racing in the St. Lawrence Carnival 2011|
3) Spend as much time with my friends as possible.
|Sarah and I (as goofy today as we were freshman year)|
4) Leave a mark.
My favorite quote is: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. - Marianne Williamson
I have spent the past four years trying to live what I believe is the meaning of the quote. I said, "I'm going to college. Time to go big or go home." I didn't come to college to have an average experience and simply graduate with a degree. I wanted more out of my fours years. In May, I'd like to know that I've left a mark on the school in some way. I hope I have inspired someone, encouraged someone, helped someone, or changed someone. I think we all fear being forgotten and I hope that 2013 is the year I leave an indelible mark on St. Mike's.
I hope you all have an amazing New Year's celebration and that 2013 is the year you change the world. I'll talk to you all next year. If you have any questions about St. Mike's or me, feel free to ask anonymously on Formspring.